Boyden Man Injured In Explosion On Monday At Site Of Friday Fire

Boyden, Iowa — Emergency responders were again called to the site of a Friday night fire on Monday, this time for an explosion and injury.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:15 PM on Monday, January 19th, they received a call of a farm accident that occurred at 3768 360th Street, seven miles southwest of Boyden. They report that 34-year-old Scott Mulder of Boyden was unloading a feeder in a hog building when an explosion occurred near a pit area of the building.

Mulder sustained serious injuries and the Boyden Ambulance took him to Sioux Center Health Hospital. He was later flown by fixed-wing aircraft to a burn unit in Minneapolis, MN.

Fire departments from Boyden, Hull, and Orange City, the Sioux Center Fire Chief, and ambulances from Boyden and Orange City responded to the scene.


Rock Rapids Residents Still Waiting On FEMA In Regard To Home Buyout Program

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Last June’s flood is only a memory for most, but several Rock Rapids homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath and are participating in a buyout program.
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Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof has been instrumental in dealing with the aftermath of the flood, especially how it affected the housing situation, homeowners and occupants of flood-damaged homes in Rock Rapids. We had a chance to catch up with Hulshof, and he gives us an update.


Hulshof says just like anything else that involves the federal government, it takes time.


Additionally, Hulshof says after the buyouts are completed, individual homeowners are potentially eligible for the replacement grant program.


If you need more information, you can contact Hulshof at (712) 470-3762.

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Vander Plaats Talks About Family Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series

Urbandale, Iowa — Sheldon native and Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats is planning some upcoming presidential forums.

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The events will feature national conservative leaders, including many presidential hopefuls. The Family Leader organization says that the end goal is educating Iowans about the men and/or women who want to lead our nation.

We had a chance to talk with Vander Plaats recently, and he told us about what they are calling the “lecture series”.


He tells us they think that it will be a great “first date” — a first opportunity to meet the candidates.

Vander Plaats says the events will be free, but you will need a ticket to attend. He says you can find more information on their web site, thefamilyleader.com. The Sioux Center event will be on March 23rd, and at this time it’s planned to be at Dordt College. It’s slated to run from 6:30 to 9 PM.

Several Republicans may be running for President in 2016, possibly including Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, and many more. Vander Plaats says no candidates have been formally invited yet, so they are not sure yet who’s going to be there, but as soon as they know, they will be making an announcement.

The forums, Vander Plaats says will lead up to the organization’s big annual event, the Family Leadership Summit in August.


Plus, he says they’ll have a Presidential Family Forum in November.


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Deputy Checking To Make Sure Travelers Are OK Results In Alcohol Arrests

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A deputy’s stopping to make sure travelers were okay south of Rock Rapids has led to alcohol arrests.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2 AM on Saturday, January 17, 2015, one of their deputies came upon a vehicle on A34 at the stop sign of Highway 75, about five miles south of Rock Rapids. One of the passengers was standing outside of the car and a second passenger had her door open, so the deputy exited his car to check welfare of the passengers.

After investigating, the deputy believed all four passengers of the vehicle were under the age of twenty one and had been consuming alcohol. The driver, also under the age of twenty one, had not been consuming alcohol, according to the report.

Nineteen-year-old Jessica Mehls of Sibley was cited for possession of alcohol under the legal age. Three juveniles were cited for possession of alcohol and referred to juvenile court.


Milford Man Arrested On Drug Charges Near Harris

Harris, Iowa — A Milford man has been charged with drug offenses after he was arrested near Harris.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:20 AM on Sunday morning, January 18, 2015, one of their deputies arrested 21-year-old Brandon Michael Koch of Milford.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Highway 9 east of Harris.

Koch was charged with the alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Koch was transported to the Osceola County Jail and was later released on bond.


Hog Confinement Fire Near Boyden Causes A Quarter Of A Million Dollars In Damage

Boyden, Iowa — A hog confinement near Boyden sustained about $750,000 in damages in a fire on Friday night.
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The Boyden Fire Department reports that they received the call for a structure fire at 7:05 PM Friday night. The fire occurred at 3768 360th Street, seven miles southwest of Boyden.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a hog confinement with heavy smoke coming from it. The building contained 2,800 pigs. One of the four 75-foot by 125-foot sections of the building was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire after about three hours. There were no pigs in that particular room at the time of the fire.

At this time there has not been a loss of any of the animals.

Fire officials say the building sustained about $750,000 in damages.

Boyden Ambulance personnel, the Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance personnel, fire departments from Orange City and Sioux Center, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Boyden Fire Department on the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Boyden Fire Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshal.